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Milton F. Amrine, Warden of the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing, Kansas, presents Governor Andrew F. Schoeppel's office, of Topeka, with his statement of resignation. Amrine resigned due to his strong opposition to capital punishment and this statement outlines the reasons for his opposition. Kansas reinstated the death penalty in 1935 after its repeal in 1907, but the state had not executed any person since 1870. Convicted murderer Fred L. Brady was poised to become the first person executed under the new law. Governor Schoeppel refused to commute Brady's sentence to life imprisonment. Warden Amrine refused to carry out the execution and chose to resign.
Creator: Amrine, Milton F.
Date: February 08, 1944
Item Number: 208824
Call Number: Governor's Records, Schoeppel, Box 36 Folder 5
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 208824
Collections - State Archives - Governor's Records - Schoeppel, Andrew F.
Date - 1940s - 1944
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Crimes - Murders
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Prisons and Jails
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Punishment - Death penalty
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Schoeppel, Andrew F.
Government and Politics - State Government - State agencies and programs - Agencies - Corrections, Department of
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Schoeppel, Andrew Frank, 1894-1962
Places - Cities and towns - Lansing
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Leavenworth
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - World War II, 1939-1945
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters